Storing Your Paint Brush Between Painting

March 11, 2009

Wet paint brush with yellow paint on top of paint canIf you use paint in your crafting you may find that, in the middle of painting a project, you get called away from your project but you know you will be back shortly. Instead of rinsing out your paint brush, you can wrap it in a piece of plastic or a sandwich bag. Twist the plastic so it stays closed, keeping air from drying the paint on your brush.


Then when you get back to your project all you do is unwrap your brush and go back to work. I have stored paint brushes for a couple of days this way. As long as the plastic is sealed the paint will not dry out, ruining your brush.

By Arlene from Fort Myers, FL



March 11, 20091 found this helpful
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I have done this, too. If it is water-based paint, I put it in the refridgerator. They seem to stay softer. But, as Arlene said, you need to keep the plastic tightly sealed! Happy painting! from Su from Ohio

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June 15, 2009

If you have to stop in the middle of painting before the job is done, you don't have to wash the brush. Just stick the bristles into a sandwich bag, no need to seal, and pop it into the freezer until ready to paint again.


June 30, 2008

Instead of washing out your paint brush every time, use a zippy bag, cut off a small bit of one of the bottom corners. Slip the handle of your paint brush through the hole.


October 14, 2009

To keep paint brushes moist between painting, put in a ziplock bag and put in the veggie bin in your fridge. My mother does a lot of painting and gave me this useful tip.



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October 14, 2009

Put your paint brush in a plastic bag and place it in the refrigerator when you take a break. Make sure the plastic is completely sealed or your food could pick up some weird odors.

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